Website Hosting (Paid) & Domain Registrars
When setting up your own domain which is completely under your control, you use a “host” to store your files and content online. Many hosts also offer domain registration services, where you can purchase your “.com” (or any of a gazillion other extensions).
There are a TON of “adult hosting solutions” out there. You’ll ordinarily pay through the nose for hosting there as they cater to a niche market who is desperate for hosting. Don’t fall into that trap when you can host with adult friendly mainstream services.
Your very basic starter hosting plan should not cost you much more than $5 a month.
|Amerinoc – TOS– Amerinoc expects you to police yourself in accordance to your own local laws. “You are responsible for conforming to all federal, state, and local laws regarding the Internet and electronic communication.” No restrictions in reference to content other than spam.
Hostgator – TOS – Hostgator is used by many adult bloggers, but their TOS is a bit dubious, containing that catch-all word “obscene” “Any material that, in our judgment, is obscene, threatening, illegal, or violates our terms of service in any manner may be removed from our servers (or otherwise disabled), with or without notice.”
NameCheap – Hosting TOS – Domain Reg TOS – Namecheap is another company using that grey area of “obscene” in their TOS for hosting. “web-hosting.com reserves the right to refuse Service if any of the content within, or any links from, the Your website is deemed […] obscene, or is otherwise in breach of web-hosting.com’s AUP, in the sole and absolute opinion of web-hosting.com.” There is no mention of anything adult in their domain registration TOS.
NameSilo – TOS My new preferred domain registrar has free WhoIs Protection for life. Their terms don’ t have any sort of adult-related clauses outside of the standard one for child images.
Arvixe – TOS – As recommended by Domsigns, this host also doesn’t list any specific restrictions against legal adult activities.
NakedHosting / Certified Hosting – AUP – Used by a number of adult webmasters (both small and very large), they also have the “obscene” clause, but no other restrictions. “you will not […] publish, post, upload, distribute, traffic or disseminate any defamatory, obscene, or otherwise unlawful content, such as child pornography”
YourHosting (Dutch service) – TOS – Confirmed by my Dutch speaking friend Marie Rebelle, there is no restriction on content in their TOS other than the standard child pornography.
GoDaddy – TOS – Used a lot because of their cheap prices, their TOS is self-explanatory. “You will not submit content or links to content that is […] pornographic, X-rated, obscene […] or is otherwise objectionable as determined by us in our sole and absolute discretion”
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